What is Cleveland Leadership Center?

Cleveland Leadership Center is a nonprofit community organization that develops Cleveland's leadership through transformative experiences that connect, inspire and challenge individuals to make a positive community impact. Our mission is to build a continuum of civic leaders committed to our community's excellence by serving as a catalyst for civic engagement.

It was created in 2006 through a merger of four programs that had been serving the Greater Cleveland community for years. Throughout 2016, CLC is celebrating its 10th anniversary with unique opportunities geared toward sparking positive change in our community.

What are its core offerings?

CLC's core offerings provide leadership training and civic education to people at varying stages of life and career:
•    Look Up To Cleveland – high school students (school-year and summer programs)
•    (i)Cleveland – college students (summer, Winter Break and Service Break programs)
•    On-Board Cleveland – for early-career professionals
•    Cleveland Bridge Builders – mid-career professionals
•    Leadership Cleveland and LC2 Fellows – senior-level positional leaders
•    Civic Leadership Institute – people of all ages and career stages

Cleveland Leadership Center also creates opportunities for its alumni to further their civic education and engagement.

The broader public can connect more deeply with community issues and leaders through such programs as our annual Accelerate civic pitch competition, volunteer opportunities coordinated by CLC, and other events.

CLC also designs customized civic leadership training programs for companies and organizations. Please direct inquiries to Marianne Crosley, President and CEO, at or (216) 592-2298.

How is it governed?

Cleveland Leadership Center is governed by a Board of Trustees, which provides oversight for CLC’s activities, which are implemented by the professional staff.

How is it funded?

About half of our revenue comes from tuition paid by program participants. The remainder is provided by corporations, community and family foundations, local businesses, and individuals, including alumni who support the organization annually as CLC Partners.

How can I get involved?

See if one of our core offerings is right for you. Or check volunteer and other opportunities, or other events.

Still have questions? Contact us online or reach out to Michael Bennett, VP of External Affairs, at or (216) 592-2426.